Author: Emily Files

Following Marshall Islands trip, Skagway students host local climate change conference

A high school trip to islands under threat from climate change inspired a three-day conference this weekend in Skagway. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/17ClimateChangewINTRO.mp3 About a dozen Skagway students traveled to the Marshall Islands over spring break. They met with residents, including the president, to learn about how the Pacific islands are being impacted by a warming climate. Rising sea levels have already caused thousands of islanders to migrate to the U.S. and other countries. Skagway teacher Kent Fielding led the trip and helped students plan the upcoming Climate Change Conference. He hopes Skagway residents will be willing to face the topic of...

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KHNS News – Oct. 16, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/16newscast.mp3 Skagway Assemblyman found in violation of state disclosure laws for third time in 2 years; Mixed drinks at distilleries still in limbo as ABC board fails to find...

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Skagway Assemblyman found in violation of state disclosure laws for third time in 2 years

A Skagway resident narrowly elected to a seat on the borough assembly violated state disclosure laws three times. That’s according to Alaska Public Offices Commission staff. They determined Dan Henry has failed to disclose his income, debt, and now, gifts from a private company. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/16HenryAPOCwINTRO.mp3 Henry did not disclose gifts he received during trips to negotiate a major waterfront lease on behalf the Skagway Borough. In 2013 and 2014, Skagway was in talks with the parent company of White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. The tourist railroad has leased a significant share of Skagway’s tidelands since the 1960s. The...

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Biologists spend years mapping Chilkat Valley goat and bear habitat to inform heliski decisions

Every few years, Haines officials decide whether to allow helicopter skiing in new areas of the Chilkat Valley. It’s usually a contentious process where residents debate the economic benefits of heliskiing versus impacts on residents and wildlife. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/13HabitatStudieswINTRO.mp3 Now, local decision-makers will have concrete wildlife data to use when developing heliski policy. State biologists created models to predict whether given areas are critical mountain goat or brown bear habitat. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists who did this research want to be clear on one thing: these studies are not about whether helicopters disturb wildlife. That research...

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